WILLOW SPRING – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office released additional information Wednesday surrounding the death of a 10 month-old killed by two family dogs.
Deputies and EMS responded to Riparian Court, Willow Spring just after 8:00pm Tuesday to a reported animal attack.
Officers arrived and made contact with Scott Winberry, the father. Winberry was rendering aid to his daughter, Malia Scott Winberry.
Deputies learned Winberry’s family pets, two Rottweiler’s, had violently attacked Malia after he had stepped outside for a couple of minutes. While he was outside speaking with a neighbor, Mr. Winberry heard the dogs and ran back inside to find his daughter had been attacked. Deputies started CPR and EMS crews continued life saving efforts but they were unsuccessful.
Johnston County Animal Control responded and now has custody of the two dogs involved in the attack.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said Wednesday the incident has been determined to be a “tragic accident.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott Winberry and Bianca Patel for the tragic loss of their 10 month old daughter, Malia Scott Winberry,” Captain Caldwell said in a news release.